Monthly Archives: June 2014

And Then I Heard It…

ons-oranjeI thought the game had been finished and since I didn’t hear the neighbors screaming the whole 90 minutes, only some groaning around halfway, I thought we were out.

Low and behold I have to use the red-white-blue flag for another week, in the last-minute they made a goal and in the extra time another one.

Okay, next Saturday they can play another game, better keep a good video handy. (Just finished season 5 of Warehouse 13)

Silence Before The Storm…

OranjegekteLet me get this straight, I don’t care about football or as some others call it, soccer. I even changed my orange safety flag on the scooter, after all the comments about being in favor of the Orange team. It shows now the red-white-and-blue, and no comments, which is fine by me. It’s awfully quiet on the streets as in two hours time the Dutch team will meet the Mexicans.

Even my watering-hole on Zeedijk have a TV installed, not a big screen, it wouldn’t fit into the bar. I’m just wondering what they will play afterwards when this championship is over, or the Dutch are out. Diving for men 3 meters and up, men’s gymnastics… or soft porn.

BTW, that’s a street in my neighborhood, about a kilometer from where I live.


drainSuddenly I feel drained. I visited my Mum yesterday morning for coffee at the OAP home. As soon as I got home and sat in my chair I fell asleep, only to wake up 5 hours later. Okay it was a good long nap, but what inflicted it was beyond me. I sleep well during the night.

Later that evening I didn’t like the distractions on TV so I went to bed early, before 11! Okay I finished the last 40 pages of the book I was reading, but way before midnight the lights were out.

This morning I woke up at 5.30 went out of bed, had something to eat and went back to bed (again). Just to wake up a little before 11. I watched some telly, drank two large cups of coffee, and now I feel like going to bed again and it’s just past 1.30.

I know visiting Mum is taking a strain on me. I never saw her crying so much while wondering what she’s doing in this “hotel” in which she only has spend 2 days. (In the mean time she been here 10 days).  Does her worrying drain me too?

Summer Time #01 – Tilapia

summertimeGrilled Tilapia with Mango Salsa

Makes 2 servings

Prep: 45 minutes
Cool: 60 minutes
Cook: 10 minutes

Don’t let the list of ingredients fool you. This is super easy, and gets rave reviews whenever I serve it. The salsa can be made the day ahead to save time. Combine leftover salsa with some drained black beans the next day for lunch.

Shopping List:

  • 80 ml or ⅓ cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 15 ml or 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 4 gr or 1 tablespoon minced fresh parsley
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 gr or 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 2 gr or 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 3 gr or ½ teaspoon salt
  • 340 gr or 2 (6 ounce) tilapia fillets

Calypso mangoSalsa

  • 1 large ripe mango, peeled, pitted and diced
  • ½ red bell pepper, diced
  • 20 gr or 2 tablespoons minced red onion
  • 3 gr or 1 tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and minced
  • 30 ml or 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 15 ml or 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • salt and pepper to taste


  1. Whisk together the extra-virgin olive oil, 1 tablespoon lime juice, parsley, garlic, basil, 1 teaspoon pepper, and ½ teaspoon salt in a bowl and pour into a resealable plastic bag.
  2. Add the tilapia fillets, coat with the marinade, squeeze out excess air, and seal the bag. Marinate in the refrigerator for 1 hour.
  3. Prepare the mango salsa by combining the mango, red bell pepper, red onion, cilantro, and jalapeno pepper in a bowl.
  4. Add the lime juice and 1 tablespoon of lemon juice, and toss well.
  5. Season to taste with salt and pepper, and refrigerate until ready to serve.
  6. Preheat an outdoor grill for medium-high heat, and lightly oil grate.
  7. Remove the tilapia from the marinade, and shake off excess.
  8. Discard the remaining marinade.
  9. Grill the fillets until the fish is no longer translucent in the center, and flakes easily with a fork, 3 to 4 minutes per side, depending on the thickness of the fillets.
  10. Serve the tilapia topped with mango salsa.

Note 1: Strawberries can be substituted for the mango if you prefer, both are excellent.

Note 2: Serve with herbed rice and steamed asparagus.


Gastric Bypass, Gastric Sleeve and Lap-band [WLS] persons can eat only a serving max !

PDF of this recipe: 20140626-ST01-Grilled-Tilapia-Mango-Salsa